Student research presentations highlight Tarleton Honors Week


STEPHENVILLE (April 11, 2016) — Tarleton State University’s Honors College highlights student research during Honors Week, April 11-13, with research presentations each day at 3 p.m.

Honors Week research presentations take place in Centennial Hall’s Honors Multipurpose Room and are open to the public. Seniors enrolled in Tarleton’s Honors College will present their research on topics ranging from rural food insecurity to stigmas and stereotypes associated with schizophrenia.

“Each year in April, Honors Week celebrates the achievements of students who participate in the Honors College, with special attention on graduating seniors,” said Dr. Craig Clifford, director of Tarleton’s Honors College. “This week, the Presidential Honors Scholars will present the results of the research they have done for their senior research project. Working with a faculty member in their major, Presidential Honors Scholars complete a research project that provides a capstone experience.”

Tarleton's Honors Week includes senior student research presentations Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. inside Centennial Hall's multipurpose room.
Tarleton’s Honors Week includes senior student research presentations Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. inside Centennial Hall’s multipurpose room.

Following is a schedule of senior research presenters and topics beginning at 3 p.m. each day:
Monday, April 11
• Cody Earp (Chemistry): Determination of Hydrogen Bonding Acidity Values and Distribution Coefficients for Flavonoids with Multiple Hydroxyl Substituents
• Jennifer Hayes (Interdisciplinary Studies): The De-Pathologization of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
• Ashley Hession (Kinesiology): A Peek into the Mentality of American Football
• Russell King (Computer Science): The Limits of Computing in Cyberwar: A Technical and Philosophical Analysis

Tuesday, April 12
Kelly Annestrand (Social Work): Influence of Socioeconomic Factors on Rural Food Insecurity
• Abigail Fesmire (Nursing): Factors Affecting the Success of Students in a Rural Nursing Program
Christopher Marble (Physics/Math):  PYTHIA Simulation Study of Direct-Photon- and π0-Triggered Jet Yields for 200 GeV Proton-Proton Collisions

Wednesday, April 13
Taylor Craig (Communications): Aphrodisiacs and Arousal
Brandi Fleming (Psychology): Stigmas and Stereotypes Associated with Schizophrenia
• Kristen Gray (Accounting): Financial Accounting from an Intern’s Perspective
Erica Laborde (Biomedical Science): The Evolution and Significance of Mammalian Sleep
Arianna Smith (Animal Science): Factors Affecting Body Condition Score on Exotic Hoofstock Species

Honors Week includes a ceremony and reception to recognize the graduating seniors. The president, provost, and Honors College director present each student with a certificate of completion and a special stole to wear at graduation.

About the Honors College at Tarleton State University
Tarleton has two programs within the Honors College: the Honors Degree Program and the Presidential Honors Program. Although the requirements for the two programs differ, much of the Honors curriculum is the same, and participants in both programs contribute to Tarleton’s Honors community and to the academic excellence of the entire campus.

The fall of 2013 marked the transition of the Honors Programs into the Honors College, but the two Honors programs have a long history.

The Presidential Honors Program started in the fall of 1985 with 15 students, and the curriculum consisted of two special Honors seminars. The size of the program gradually has increased to about 60 students, and the curriculum now includes Honors core courses, three Honors seminars, and a senior research project. The Presidential Honors scholarship amount has increased from $2,500 in 1985 to the current amount of $7,000, which adds up to a $28,000 scholarship over four years.

The Honors Degree Program offered its first Honors core course in 1990, one section of English 112 with 25 students. Now, more than 700 students participate in the Honors Degree Program, and the Honors College offers Honors sections of most core courses and special Honors seminars, as well as a number of upper-level Honors options. There are several Honors Degree Program scholarships.

The Honors College sponsors numerous events of cultural and academic enrichment that are open to students in both Honors programs. In the fall of 2012, Centennial Hall officially became the Honors Hall, housing 236 Honors students and the offices of the Honors College.

To learn more about the Honors College at Tarleton, visit

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